The Causes of the Cold War

The Causes of the Cold War

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Division of Europe

The main issue at Potsdam and for the next two years was who would organize Europe. Britain had its chance, so too did France and Germany. Few people ever ask why Europe needed to be controlled in the first place but in the end, everyone wanted to avoid yet another war. Russia sought Poland. Everybody wanted Poland, however especially Russia. Historically, Poland had always been the vital state needed from which to launch an attack against Russia. The United States upheld the principles of self-determination, principles stated in Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Point Plan. For Wilson, nations should have the right to choose their own form of government.[1] (more…)

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